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Roger Federer

Like the women, the men’s French Open Final Four is now set as unranked Frenchman Gael Monfils just defeated the fifth-ranked David Ferrer from Spain to advance to the semi-finals. Monfils’ reward?

Roger Federer.

While it’s highly likely Federer will be the favorite, Monfils will certainly have the backing of the French crowd. Will Roland Garros provide a large enough home-court advantage to rattle the likes of Roger Federer? That’s doubtful.

However, a pro-Monfils audience can help energize the Frenchman as he faces one of the best tennis players ever. Also, the clay court conditions could work in Monfils’ favor. While Federer normally has no problem advancing deep into the French Open, he has never won its title — although, he does have seven titles from other clay-court tournaments.

Perhaps clay isn’t Federer’s problem after all. Maybe it’s just Rafael Nadal.

Of course, what would a modern-day Men’s French Open semi-final be without the appearance of Nadal? Lacking, that’s what. However, there’s no need to worry about what’s missing because after smoking Nicolas Almagro , 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, Nadal is making another appearance in the French Open semi-finals. In fact, Nadal has been so impressive during the Open, some think he’s a shoe-in to four-peat.

Aside: while a four-peat in any major sport is impressive, isn’t it time for Rafael to win a major NOT played on a clay court?

In order for Nadal to complete his quest for four-straight French Open titles, he’ll first have to beat third-seeded Novak Djokovic from Serbia. Earlier this tennis season, Djokovic won the Australian Open. This means Nadal will probably have his hands full.

The Men’s semi-final matches are scheduled to take place on Friday.